Oklahoma lawmaker introduces constitutional convention bills

AP

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma legislator who has been calling for changes to the 50,000-word state constitution doesn’t want to stop there.

Rep. Gary Banz wants to see the U.S. Constitution changed, too, to prohibit Congress from appropriating money in excess of federal revenue estimates in any fiscal year, except during a national emergency.

“We’re going to have a fiscal tsunami that’s going to destroy the nation if we don’t do something,” Banz said. The U.S. Treasury Department said recently the nation’s deficit from October to January was $184 billion and last year was $680.2 billion.

Banz, R-Midwest City, has introduced bills at the Oklahoma Legislature that would call for two constitutional conventions — one state and one federal.

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